Meet our team

Diana Tottle


I joined SAGE in November 2007 after helping set up SHEBEEN (Sheffield Black & Ethnic Minority Environmental Network).  Before that I had worked for several years for International development charities in West Africa.  In SAGE I was attracted to a well managed organisation that is helping support some of society’s most vulnerable adults in a powerful, long lasting way.  I am particularly proud of our diversity and can be easily tempted from the office to try a new organic vegetable stew rustled up by one of our members!

Louisa Bruce Service Manager

I started working at SAGE Greenfingers in 2013. I am a qualified social worker and have volunteered and worked in the voluntary sector for over twenty years, most of the time in managerial roles. I am office based and help to support our staff and publicise the services the services that we provide. Part of my role is to help put SAGE on a more sustainable financial footing by helping to develop sessions for Self Directed Support personal budget holders. I look forward to helping more people benefit from SAGE's valuable services over the years to come.

Helen Lyle Horticultural Therapy Worker & Progression lead

My background is in Adult Education. I first got involved with the project as a volunteer with the women’s group after completing an NVQ in Environmental Conservation. Working outdoors and learning new practical skills had made a very positive difference to my own well-being and I wanted to continue this kind of activity with people who could benefit from a group session doing something as therapeutic as gardening. Some of the highlights of working here are our beautiful site, the way in which our members support each other and the positive changes they make through attending over time.


Val Ellis Horticultural Therapy Worker

I have a background of working with vulnerable adults. I worked for a domestic violence project for 4 years and Sheffield Mind for 2 years on the welcome desk. Then in 1998 I started work for the Primary Mental Health Care Project (PMHCP) at Pitsmoor Surgery, where Greenfingers was then a 2 hour session on Monday afternoons. Over the years, Greenfingers has blossomed into SAGE Greenfingers and I still work here with the Wednesday group. The rest of my time I work for the PMHCP, supporting people to attend health walks, a knitting group and other social activities.



Emma Msigiti Horticultural Therapy Worker & Volunteer Cordinator

Over the past 10 years I have worked in the Burngreave community in various roles. I joined the SAGE Greenfinger's team in 2014 as a support worker and volunteer coordinator.  I'm thoroughly enjoying working on the allotment along side our members.  It's also been a privilege to coordinate and supervise our team of dedicated volunteers, who do a fantastic job in helping to support our group sessions. I'm also really enjoying getting involved and supporting members to take part in the additional activities offered by SAGE, which includes; arts and crafts, events and trips.

Michael Steadman aka Spike Horticultural Therapy Worker & Allotment lead

I began working at SAGE Greenfingers as a sessional worker in May 2014.  On my first day I soon realised what a remarkable project SAGE is: being able to grow and eat our own food, be creative and in a friendly and healthy environment is great for us all! I have over 20 years experience of working in environmental conservation, landscape management and organic gardening fields.  I am passionate about organic gardening and the health and social well-being benefits it can bring to people; I feel privileged to have been given the opportunity to work at SAGE Greenfingers, an organisation central to delivering these benefits to society's most vulnerable people.

Miriam Horticultural Therapy Worker & Arts lead

I graduated from my Psychology BA in 2003 following which I worked as a support worker with children with learning disabilities. Following this I successfully completed a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. I graduated from this in 2008 and since this time I have gained experience in setting up and delivering both mental health groups and individual work. I first joined the SAGE Greenfingers team as a volunteer with the women’s group for a year, and found social and therapeutic horticulture an inspiring and refreshing approach to delivering health care. When I experienced the care and support that the SAGE team gives to the members who use the service I knew I wanted to be part of the team. My role at SAGE is ‘Support Worker with Arts Lead’ and so I work with the support of the Arts Steering Group to diversify the interventions provided by SAGE to include other activities. Under the arts branch of SAGE we are successfully delivering singing workshops. In addition I work on the allotment site one day a week with our SDS group and find this greatly rewarding. It is a privilege to work in such a great environment to support individuals to reap the benefits of social and creative activities.

Julie Bates Admin & Finance Worker

I started working for SAGE Greenfingers in 2013. I have worked in mental health since 1998, during that time I have worked in admin, service development and support worker roles, mainly providing support to people with severe and enduring mental health living in supported housing. I was attracted to working for SAGE Greenfingers because of the variety that the admin/finance worker role entails and because of the nature of the project. I am proud to be part of a team that provides a valuable and enjoyable service through therapeutic, creative and social activities to it's members.

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